"An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet,
regardless of time, place, or circumstance.
The thread may stretch or tangle,
but it will never break."
- an ancient Chinese belief
Going over to the romantic side of this belief (as I am a hopeless romantic), this belief is the Chinese version of "soul mates". Nowadays, people rarely do believe in it. Especially with all the overuse of the word "love" in the wrong way. The problem with us humans is that we settle on what is given and we make the abnormal things normal. For example the fact that more and more marriages fail- people nowadays think its a norm. No one ever looks outside the box and sees two people who were afraid to try harder. Another example is that most people settle for what is there. Call me a sappy romantic, but why do you settle for sparks when you can have fireworks? Why settle for someone you can live with rather than a person you can't live without? These two problems can be solved by one thing: take a chance. Despite what movies and books tell you, no one really dares to take a chance unless life threatens you to.
That's the main problem of humanity. Everyone is afraid of being rejected, of being humiliated of being seen as an outcast. Well you know what? I've lived my whole life taking chances. I take things as they go, following my gut the whole way. I've been bruised too many times and I've got the scars to show it. But no matter what, you've just got to keep going. Like Dory said in Finding Nemo, you've got to keep swimming. The world is vast ocean. And if the Chinese knew their beliefs, no matter how far you go, the person you're bound to be with will turn up sooner or later.
Do you know the cute little story behind the "Red String of Fate"? There was a kid who saw an old man. The old man said that there was a red string that connected people who were meant to be. The kid, as naive as he was, said that he was never getting married. The old man brought the kid to a small village and pointed towards a girl whom the kid was destined to be with. The boy threw a rock at the poor girl and ran away. A few years later, the boy was going to get into an arranged marriage. The night before the marriage, he asked to see the woman's face. He saw that she was beautiful, but she was hiding something. She then revealed that she had a scar on her face because a rock hit her face when she was a kid.
Fate can be a real troublemaker It can make or break a person. But like a parent, it knows your best interests. Sooner or later you'd see your life unfold, and piece by piece you'd see that everything happened for a reason. Not everything may be explained now, but someday it will be. Till then learn to take a chance. You'll never know where you'd find yourself. :)